Feature films and TV shows related Germany and German history. For books, travel products and other store items, see the main page of the German Way Store.
Note: Most Blu-ray discs have no region coding. Such discs will play on both European and US Blu-ray players. DVDs, however, are limited to a particular region, but can be played on multi-code DVD players. A Blu-ray disc will not play on a regular DVD player. DVD titles listed below are Region 1 (North America) unless noted otherwise.
For more, see Region-Free Blu-ray/DVD Players and Multisystem TVs from Amazon, with our recommendations for expats.
MOVIES in GERMAN with ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Run Lola Run (Lola rennt, DVD or Blu-ray)
Lola (Franka Potente) runs through the streets of Berlin — and to box-office records. If you only own one German movie on DVD (Region 1, USA) or Blu-ray, this is the one! A modern classic by director Tim Tykwer. Also available on Blu-ray Disc
Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary (Im toten Winkel, Amazon Instant Video, HD or SD)
From The New Yorker: “Traudl Junge started working for Hitler in 1942 when she was twenty-two years old. She took dictation and typed his private communiqués, and was one of the few people to survive the final days in the Berlin bunker. After the war, she kept herself and her story out of sight until two Austrian filmmakers, André Heller and Othmar Schmiderer, interviewed her … shortly before her death. The film is just Frau Junge and the camera, unadorned with newsreel footage, still photography, or even a fade. The starkness is deliberate…”
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Blu-ray, 2008)
This film about German home-grown terrorism in the 1970s and ’80s stars Martina Gedeck and Moritz Bleibtreu. Directed by Uli Edel. In German with English subtitles.
A Coffee in Berlin Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
A Coffee In Berlin is a love-letter to the city of Berlin and Generation Y, depicting a day-in-the-life of twenty-something law school dropout Niko, as he drifts through a series of absurd, funny and poignant encounters with the people around him. Starring: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler.
The Counterfeiters (Die Fälscher, Blu-ray)
From the back cover: “Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Counterfeiters tells the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics), a swindler who made a name for himself as Berlin’s ‘King of the Counterfeiters.’ However, his life of women and easy money is cut short when he’s arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. …Sorowitsch makes a sobering deal with his captors: in exchange for a comfortable bed, good food and fair treatment, Sorowitsch, along with the other hand-picked specialists, must counterfeit bank notes to fund the Nazi War effort. If he does as they say, he lives another day. If he rebels, he faces the same fate as the rest of the camp’s prisoners. But if he lives, will he be able to live with himself?” Also available on DVD.
Downfall (Der Untergang, Blu-ray)
From Amazon: “The riveting subject of Downfall is nothing less than the disintegration of Adolf Hitler in mind, body, and soul. A 2005 Academy Award nominee for best foreign language film, this German historical drama stars Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire) as Hitler, whose psychic meltdown is depicted in sobering detail, suggesting a fallen, pathetic dictator on the verge on insanity, resorting to suicide (along with Eva Braun and Joseph and Magda Goebbels) as his Nazi empire burns amidst chaos in mid-1945.” Also available on DVD.
The Experiment (Das Experiment, DVD)
Stars Moritz Bleibtreu from Run Lola Run. Amazon: “Inspired by a famous 1971 psychological experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s German-language movie finds a group of 20 volunteers randomly divided into 12 prisoners and eight guards and asked to play out their roles for a fortnight while scientists study their reactions.”
German Expressionism Collection (DVD set)
This 4-DVD set features these classic German films: The Hands of Orlac, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Secrets of a Soul, and Warning Shadows.
The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen, Blu-ray)
From Amazon: “Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, this is a first-rate thriller that … opts for character development over car chases. The place is East Berlin, the year is 1984, and it all begins with a simple surveillance assignment: Capt. Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Mühe in a restrained, yet deeply felt performance), a Stasi officer and a specialist in this kind of thing, has been assigned to keep an eye on Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch, Black Book), a respected playwright, and his actress girlfriend, Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck, Mostly Martha).” Also available on DVD.
Mostly Martha (Bella Martha) Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
This “rich addition to the recent banquet of movies about food” is a love story set in a Hamburg restaurant. Stars Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS).
Nowhere in Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika, DVD, Region 1)
Winner of the Academy Award for best foreign film in 2002. The story of a Jewish family that flees the Nazis by going to live in South Africa.
Rosenstrasse (DVD, Region Code 1, USA)
From the back cover: “In the cold Berlin winter of 1943, hundreds of women stood, and waited, in defiance of the Nazis. While countless Jews were being sent to concentration camps for execution, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives suffered a different fate; they were separated from their families and imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosenstrasse. On that street these women stood in protest, in the name of love until they were reunited with their men.”
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (DVD)
From Amazon.com: “Through its simplicity and scrupulous attention to historical detail, Sophie Scholl: The Final Days proves to be both thrillingly suspenseful and emotionally devastating. During the peak of the Third Reich, Sophie Scholl (Julia Jentsch, The Edukators), along with her brother Hans and other students in Munich, formed a resistance group called the White Rose and distributed anti-Nazi leaflets. The tension only increases as they are arrested, interrogated, and swiftly convicted in a brutal show trial.”
Casino Royale (Blu-ray SteelBook [Region Free])
This is the German version of the James Bond film with Daniel Craig. It will play on a regular US Blu-ray player and also has the original English soundtrack option.
Men in Black (Blu-ray SteelBook [Region Free])
This is the German version of the sci-fi classic. It will play on a regular US Blu-ray player and also has the original English soundtrack option.
Paris, Texas (Blu-ray)
This Wim Wenders’ classic, set in the USA, stars Harry Dean Stanton and Nastassja Kinski.
The Monuments Men (Blu-Ray +DVD +Digital HD)
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, THE MONUMENTS MEN centers around an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. In a seemingly impossible mission, the Monuments Men, as they were called, find themselves risking their lives in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1,000 years of culture.
The Grand Budapest Hotel Blu-ray
A whimsical, very funny film shot on location in Germany (by director Wes Anderson) and at Berlin’s Studio Babelsberg. Features a cast of great actors, including Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray and Willem Dafoe.
The Reader Blu-ray
Amazon: “…sorrowful and shocking, yet leavened by a deep love story that is its heart. In postwar Germany, young schoolboy Michael (German actor David Cross) meets and begins a tender romance with the older, mysterious Hanna (Kate Winslet, whose performance is a revelation). The two make love hungrily in Hanna’s shabby apartment, yet their true intimacy comes as Michael reads aloud to Hanna in bed, from his school assignments, textbooks, even comic books.” Based on the German novel DER VORLESER by Bernhard Schlink. Filmed in Germany.
The Third Man (1950) Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
Filmed in Vienna. American writer Holly Martins arrives in post-war Vienna to visit his old friend Harry Lime. On arrival, he learns that his friend has been killed in a street accident, but also that Lime was a black marketer wanted by the police. Starring: Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Alida Valli.
Hangmen Also Die (1943) Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
Directed by Austrian-born Fritz Lang, beautifully shot by James Wong Howe, and tightly scripted by Bertolt Brecht and Lang in their only collaboration, this noir-like espionage thriller is set in occupied Czechoslovakia and revolves around the successful plot by the Czech resistance to assassinate Deputy Reich-Protector of Bohemia and Moravia “Hangman” Reinhard Heydrich and the hunt by the Gestapo to track down the killers.
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House Hunters International: Best of Germany Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
Best of Germany. Buy only an episode (22 min.) or the full collection (Best of Germany: Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund.
House Hunters International: Best of Germany (Berlin) Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
This episode features GW Expat Blogger Erin and her husband during their apartment hunt in Berlin. Part of the Best of Germany collection.
House Hunters International: Nuremberg Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
Trading Prague for Nuremberg, Germany. A young American searches for a European city to call home. 22 min. Buy either this Episode 11 or the full Season 48.
House Hunters International: Stuttgart Amazon Instant Video (HD or SD)
Newlyweds try to find their first home in Stuttgart, Germany. 22 min. Buy either this Episode 10 or the full Season 51.
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